Fault Lines & Fractures: Shifts in the Global Balance of Power

About the Series


Date(s): Wednesdays, September 21 to October 19, 2022
Time: 9:30 to 11:15 am
Place:  Virtual OR In-person
Price: $59 (plus HST)

What role does NATO play in the Russo-Ukrainian War? What impacts are Western sanctions having on their global prices of oil? Why is the Arctic region an area of political, economic, and strategic interest? How does Indigenous sovereignty and the move towards Indigenous self-governance factor into global politics? And how are challenges from Russia and China, as well as shifts in American leadership, impacting international power dynamics?

Beginning September 21st, this speaker series will explore shifts in the global balance of power and what challenges lie ahead in the changing world of geopolitics. 

The European Security Order in the Wake of Russia's Renewed Invasion of Ukraine


Alexander Lanoszka

Dr. Alexander Lanoszka
Wednesday, September 21, 2022

What role does NATO play in the Russo-Ukrainian War? What does the war mean for European security? Dr. Alexander Lanoszka will discuss the current state of NATO and the changing geopolitics of European security in the context of Russia's renewed invasion of Ukraine this year. He will focus on how it has responded to the invasion and what its future prospects are as the main vehicle for security cooperation in Europe.

Dr. Alexander Lanoszka is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo and Associate Fellow at the UK-based Council on Geostrategy. He was was previously a Lecturer in the Department of International Politics at City, University of London and held postdoctoral fellowships at Dartmouth College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research addresses alliance politics and military strategy, with his most recent book being Military Alliances in the Twenty-First Century (Polity, 2022).

Dr. Alexander Lanoszka will attend in-person.

Diplomacy & the Arctic Council


Dr. Danita Burke

Dr. Danita Burke
Wednesday, September 28, 2022

How relevant is the Arctic region in the changing world of geopolitics? What is the Arctic Council? In the 21st century, the Arctic region emerged as an area of global political, economic and strategic interest, resulting in the region’s preeminent forum for environmental and economic dialogue, the Arctic Council, bursting into the spotlight. The Arctic Council is a consensus-based forum that focuses on dialogue and cooperation in the broad areas of environmental protection and sustainable development, but the forum’s public profile, interests and challenges have evolved since its negotiation and formation at the end of the Cold War. In this talk, Dr. Danita Burke will discuss diplomacy at the Arctic Council and how it has evolved since its inception in 1996 to navigate the fallout of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Dr. Danita Burke is a Research Fellow at the University of Southern Denmark, Northern Scholar Visiting Research Fellow at Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh and the Founder of the Women in the Arctic and Antarctic. Her research focuses on the Arctic and northern politics and history. Dr. Burke’s work includes her forthcoming monograph, WWF and its Path to Success in the Arctic (Under contract, Manchester University Press), Diplomacy and the Arctic Council (2019, McGill-Queens University Press), and International Disputes and Cultural Ideas in the Canadian Arctic: Arctic Sovereignty in the National Consciousness (2018, Palgrave Macmillan). You can learn more about Dr. Burke on her Women in the Arctic and Antarctic website profile.

Dr. Danita Burke will attend virtually.

Indigenous Sovereignty & Geopolitics


 Lance Triskle

Lance Triskle
Wednesday, October 5, 2022

What role does Indigenous sovereignty play in geopolitics? How is the concept of sovereignty being reconfigured? In this talk, Lance Triskle will discuss the position of Indigenous sovereignty in a shifting political terrain.

Lance Triskle is a professor at Georgian College and has a law degree from York University - Osgoode Hall. His education and experience include Dispute Resolution, Teaching and Training Adults, Law, English and Political Science. Lance currently teaches in the Community Safety Programs, specifically Indigenous Justice: Advocacy and Community Development, Dispute Resolution and Criminal Law. He has also taught legal courses at both Laurentian University and Lakehead University. Children’s literature influences his teaching practice. On his own time, Lance enjoys running, reading and spending time with his wife and two children.

Lance Triskle will attend in-person.

Petroleum and Geopolitics: War of the Titans?


John Foster

John Foster
Wednesday, October 12, 2022

What impacts are Western sanctions having on the price of petroleum? John Foster will address the role of petroleum in ongoing tensions and rivalries between the United States, Russia and China, as illustrated in the Ukraine War. With Western sanctions distorting markets and forcing up prices worldwide, Europe faces a severe economic crisis. Since 9/11, Western countries have launched military interventions and imposed sanctions on one petroleum country after another, without success. In an illustrated talk, including maps and photos, John will share his stories as an international oil economist, and will touch on Canada's involvement.

John Foster, an international oil economist with more than 40 years of experience, has held positions with the World Bank, Inter American Development Bank, Petro Canada and British Petroleum. His articles have appeared in numerous newspapers, periodicals and websites. His book, Oil and World Politics – the Real Story of Today’s Conflict Zones, was published in 2018. His research in 2008 on Afghanistan and pipeline politics, A Pipeline Through a Troubled Land, was published by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and headlined in The Globe and Mail. Born in London England, he graduated from Cambridge University in economics and law. He served in the Royal Navy and went to Suez. He has worked in London, Montreal, Washington DC, and Ottawa.

John Foster will attend in-person.

The Late Stages of the Post-WWII International Liberal Order: Consequences and Complications


Robert Latham
Dr. Robert Latham
Wednesday, October 19, 2022

How are challenges from Russia and China resulting in shifts in the global world order? How do changes in US leadership impact international power dynamics? There has been much talk in the news of late that the international liberal order established in the aftermath of World War II, anchored in U.S. leadership, is coming to an end. Typically, international order change is tied to periods of great instability and often to international war.  Dr. Latham will focus on these prospects and address the possibilities for peaceful transition, multilateralism, the challenges of Russia and China, and the increasingly complex political terrain that is tied up in these times of more acute uncertainty that, for example, might be manifested in popular challenges to mainstream political parties and leaders.

Robert Latham is Professor in the Department of Politics at York University in Toronto. He is author of The Liberal Moment: Modernity, Security and the Making of International Order (Columbia University Press), He has published widely on topics including political economy, security, digital activism, technologies of border surveillance, critical theories of sovereignty, transnational relations, migration, and multiculturalism including in books he has edited and co-edited such as Digital Formations (Princeton); Intervention and Transnationalism in Africa (Cambridge); Liberating Temporariness (Queens-McGill)

Dr. Robert Latham will attend virtually.

How to Buy Tickets


This session of Third Age Learning Lakehead will be delivered in a hybrid format - virtually and in-person at the St. Paul's Centre in Orillia. Light refreshments (coffee and cookies) will be served. Please bring a reusable mug. Tickets for the series are $59 plus HST.

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